Whenever someone asks a woman what she does and she replies, “I’m just a Mom” I want to yell out – “There is no such thing as JUST a Mom!”
When I look back at my life there is nothing I have experienced that is more challenging nor rewarding than that of being a Mother. The role of Mother requires us to wear so many hats – a teacher, a nurse, a taxi driver, a housekeeper, a cook, a plumber, a therapist, a hair stylist, a potty trainer, a personal shopper, an expert sleuth capable of finding socks and backpacks and homework and everything else the kids misplace, a financial planner, a secret keeper, a tutor, a waitress, a handyman, a cheerleader, a seamstress, a bodyguard, a personal secretary, an ATM, and a wedding planner…just to name a few … The roles a mother must take on are never ending…and although the pay isn’t great and the hours are brutal, my job of Mother is the most meaningful role I have ever held.
I was blessed beyond measure to have an amazing Mother myself who set the example for me of what it means to love unconditionally. I watched her sacrifice her own wants and needs for that of her children time and time again. There has never been a moment I have had to question if my Mother loves me and for that I feel so incredibly blessed.
And to all those Mothers who wonder, as I do, if we have been enough or done enough for our children, I love the words of Jeffrey R. Holland who said, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.” And remember, there is no such thing as JUST a Mom.
Happy Mother’s Day!
~Amy Rees Anderson